Lessons from a Teacher of the Year – Dyane Smokorowski, USA

Dyane Smokorowski – “Mrs. Smoke” to her students – was born to be an educator. Even as a pre-schooler, she would listen intently as her teachers discussed making lessons plans and think, “That sounds more exciting than me having to sit here and take a nap, so when I’m big, I’m going to be a teacher.”

That passion grew when, for her college internship, Smokorowski worked at Walt Disney World. Today, she recognizes many similarities between the Disney environment and education. “I got to work with children from all over the world and absolutely fell in love with it,” she says.  “[At Disney World], we’d make magic happen for people, and in education, I help inspire children to make magic for themselves.”

Smokorowski spent many years in the classroom helping her middle-school language arts students develop a love for literature, communication and technology. In fact, her project-based, student-centered learning approach earned her the Kansas Teacher of the Year award for 2013.

Now serving as a district-wide instructional technology coach, “Mrs. Smoke” is using her experience and influence to inspire other teachers. To anyone considering a career in education, she says, “If you really want to change the world, you have to build a network of people who believe as strongly as you do. Education is where that happens, and believe it or not, it changes you as well.”

Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Dyane Smokorowski!

Dyane Smokorowski

Instructional Technology Coach

2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year

Andover Public Schools

Andover, Kansas, USA


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